Viknesh Vijayenthiran, writing for Motoring Authority:

It may be early days for electric cars but they already have support from motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, in formula racing, and now in GT racing too.

The FIA this week sanctioned the new GT race series being built around the Tesla Model S. It’s been branded the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS), instead of the former Electric GT name, and the aim is to get a more diverse range of models involved eventually. Just imagine the Porsche Mission E lining up against the Model S.

However, for the inaugural season, which organizers hope to have up and running by next year, all teams will use a common race car based on the Tesla Model S P100D. The cars have all been modified, with the key changes being the removal of roughly 1,100 pounds from the curb weight as well as a boost in output to 778 horsepower and 734 pound-feet of torque.